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Two probed in rash of home burglaries

Updated: August 30, 2012 6:22AM



The Southwest Major Crimes Case Unit is investigating whether two men charged last week with attempting to burglarize a Burbank house may be responsible for more than 25 home burglaries in the southwest suburbs.

Palos Hills police said Jamel Johnson, 18, 8639 S. 87th Ave., Justice, and Deaaron McCoy, 19, 10336 S. Corliss Ave., Chicago, were arrested Wednesday and charged with felony residential burglary following surveillance by Palos Hills detectives and others from the major crimes unit.

Bail was set at $75,000 Friday for Johnson during a hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Bridgeview, according to Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office. Bail was set at $100,000 for McCoy and was denied for him on prior pending charges of theft and robbery, she said.

Palos Hills police said the major crimes unit is looking into whether Johnson and McCoy broke into several other homes in nearby suburbs.

A Palos Hills investigation that stemmed from another burglary in the city led detectives and the major crimes unit to conduct surveillance on Johnson and McCoy, James Boie, Palos Hills’ deputy police chief, said Friday.

The two men and another suspect were observed at a home in the 8000 block of Mobile Avenue in Burbank and fled in a car when police tried to apprehend them, according to police. They said Johnson and McCoy were captured after bailing out of the car and trying to flee on foot, but the third man was not apprehended.

Boie said the suspected burglars would ring the doorbell and knock on the door of a house. If someone answered, they’d pretend they were lost and ask directions, but if nobody was at home, they’d force open the door, looking mainly for jewelry and laptop computers, Boie said.



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